A Time to Kill Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for A Time to Kill the Movie

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Powerful story of revenge, racism, and the question of justice in the "new south." John Grisham had a lot of clout when he finally sold his first and favorite novel to the movies, including veto power over the leading man--director Schumacher was for Woody Harrelson, Grisham was opposed but both finally agreed on newcomer McConaughey. He's outstanding as idealistic smalltown Mississippi lawyer Jake Brigance, called to defend anguished father Carl Lee Hailey (Jackson), who's accused of killing the rednecks who raped his young daughter. Jake's assisted by former mentor Lucien Wilbanks (Sutherland) and ambitious northern law student Ellen Roark (Bullock) against ruthless prosecutor Rufus Buckley (Spacey). Is it emotionally manipulative? You betcha. But Grisham's done well on screen and Schumacher (who also did "The Client") knows how to get the most from his cast and script.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 150 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Law & Lawyers, American South, Order in the Court, Justice Prevails...?, Books to Film: John Grisham, Dads, African America, Revenge, Rape, Top Grossing Films of 1996
Akiva Goldsman
Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Cooper, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Rae'ven (Alyia Larrymore) Kelly, John Diehl, Tonea Stewart, M. Emmet Walsh, Anthony Heald, Kurtwood Smith
Peter Menzies
Joel Schumacher
Elliot Goldenthal
Arnon Milchan, Michael Nathanson, Hunt Lowry, John Grisham, New Regency Pictures, Warner Bros.


MTV Movie Awards 1997: Breakthrough Perf. (McConaughey).

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